The Water Dipper

Good Work, CAFOs, and Pseudo Events

“Working Together.” Gracy Olmstead’s March newsletter relates the myriad benefits of working—and feasting—alongside friends. “Uyghurs for Sale.” Vicky Xiuzhong Xu, Danielle Cave, James Leibold, Kelsey...

Mobile Butchers, An Oily Bible, and Phytomining

“Eastern Kentucky Has Been Underwater, but You Probably Didn’t Notice.” Silas House writes about the flooding in Kentucky and the lack of attention it’s...

Proximity, Beauty, and the Craft of Farming

“The Distance from Our Food.” Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft makes a nuanced case for moving eating withing a circle of moral regard. In other words,...

Public Health, Decadence, and Replacing the Elite

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Colosseum.” James Matthew Wilson writes about the hope-giving state of American Catholic letters. “Warning: Chinese Authoritarianism...

Groundhog Day, Apps, and Foie Gras

“America Needs a Miracle.” The first section of Andrew Sullivan’s musings, where he reflects on Ezra Klein’s Why We’re Polarized and Christopher Caldwell’s The Age of Entitlement,...

Rivers, Bill Gates, and Hating Literature

“Rewilding Food, Rewilding Farming.” Vandana Shiva argues that we need to improve farming, not get rid of it: “The notion that high-tech ‘farm free’...

Facial Recognition, Urban Dreams, and Rhetoric

“The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It.” Kashmir Hill details the workings of a new facial recognition app for the New...

Elites, Content Collapse, and Amish Outhouses

“Saving Democracy From the Managerial Elite.” Michael Lind has a new book coming out about the new class war (look for FPR’s review on...

Old Tractors, Social Media, and Idolatry

“Once it Comes Time.” Michael Adno narrates the life and work of the photographer William Christenberry: “The thread of memory applied to all his...

Nationalism, Ebooks, and Gertrude Himmelfarb

“Rich Lowry’s Nationalist Review.” Patrick Deneen extends the argument he made last summer at the National Conservatism Conference in a review essay of Lowry’s The Case for...